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On 14 August 2008, President George W. Bush signed a landmark legislation, HR 4040, into law. The Act reauthorizes the Consumer Product safety Commission (CPSC) for FY 2010-2014 and expands the Commission’s role in ensuring the safety of consumer products, especially those designed for children. The new law mandates a phased-in ban on lead in children’s products to ensure products are safe by requiring lead levels to be reduced to 100 ppm for substrates over a 3-year period and 90 ppm for paints / surface coatings from 14 August 2009.

The new law requires the Commission to publish Notices on the requirements for certain products / items, including lead paint for 16 CFR 1303, for accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies. The Notice of Requirements for Accreditation of Third Party Conformity Assessment Bodies to Assess Conformity with part 1303 of Title 16, Code of Federal Regulations was published in the Federal Registrar on 22 September 2008. It requires each manufacturer (including the importer) or private labeler of children’s products subject to the lead paint ban must have products manufactured more than 90 days after the Notice tested by a laboratory accredited to do so and must issue a certificate of compliance with the lead paint ban based on that testing.

For further details, please view SGS HK accepted by CPSC for 16 CFR 1303 (PDF 214 KB).

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